Welcome guest, is this your first visit?
Member
Discoveries
 
Page 1 of 14 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 201
Like Tree269Likes

Thread: 1837 SLAVE TAG & Rev War PEWTER!

« Prev Thread | Next Thread »
  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
    CTX-3030, Deus XP, Garrett Pro Pointer
    2,878
    3650 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)

    1837 SLAVE TAG & Rev War PEWTER!

    Hey guys,

    Been overseas for 2 weeks and have been itching to get back to the lowcountry and knock the dust of the CTX. While I would have been perfectly happy to walk away with a flat button, I could never have predicted a night like this. This particular site has proven to be a great spot to meet other diggers on TNet. Over the course of the last month, we have had multiple group hunts with amazing success. Affectionately known as the watermelon patch, the dirt is packed with 300 years of history and continues to produce. The evening started out as most do, surface pottery, glass, and brick shards- the normal indicators for a killer site. Given the volume of targets and age of the site, everything dug ends up in my pouch for later identification. After arriving home I had no idea what I had dug. As I was working through my round stuff pocket, I noticed the familiar look of pewter. While only a partial, I carefully tooth picked away the corrosion hoping for a design of some sort...6...7!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170171.JPG 
Views:	576 
Size:	265.6 KB 
ID:	1274245Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170172.JPG 
Views:	559 
Size:	267.5 KB 
ID:	1274246

    First Revolutionary War button of 2016, and finally an end to a 1 year regimental drought. Curiously, the 67th Regiment of Foot did not serve in North America during the war although 1 other example is noted in Troiani's book as being recovered in SC. Perhaps the soldier was attached to another unit during the occupation.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160217_154708.jpg 
Views:	570 
Size:	230.9 KB 
ID:	1274247Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160217_155345.jpg 
Views:	550 
Size:	273.5 KB 
ID:	1274248

    At this point I am already running around the kitchen, until I notice a familiar shape in the misc pocket-rectangular and made of brass. May have dug my first plate? After a bit of careful cleaning, my heart started pounding. Could this actually be what I think it is...holy **** its a Charleston Slave TAG! 1837 Servant #573. For me there are no words to express how it feels holding such a piece of history. The stories this discarded object could tell- stories which would have been lost after the site is covered in concrete.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160217_205312.jpg 
Views:	726 
Size:	449.6 KB 
ID:	1274250Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170168.JPG 
Views:	716 
Size:	325.8 KB 
ID:	1274251Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170170.JPG 
Views:	547 
Size:	397.7 KB 
ID:	1274252Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170167.JPG 
Views:	573 
Size:	421.1 KB 
ID:	1274292

    Among the other digs was a curious pewter spoon with an unknown benchmark, flat buttons, round balls, and a tiny pewter heart. Any ID help with the spoon is great appreciated.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	HM 2.jpg 
Views:	509 
Size:	110.2 KB 
ID:	1274255Click image for larger version. 

Name:	HM 1.jpg 
Views:	500 
Size:	178.5 KB 
ID:	1274256Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170176.JPG 
Views:	543 
Size:	241.2 KB 
ID:	1274257

    Certainly a night I will never forget- Rev War Regimental and a Charleston Slave tag at one site. This is why we spend the hours we do digging and swinging. As always, thanks for looking and get out there and save the next piece of history.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170174.JPG 
Views:	569 
Size:	391.1 KB 
ID:	1274259Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2170175.JPG 
Views:	612 
Size:	460.8 KB 
ID:	1274260Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2190177.JPG 
Views:	373 
Size:	772.4 KB 
ID:	1274696

    Update- After 48 hours in oil and a light brushing I am happy with the balance of patina and corrosion...after all its been in the ground for 179 years . Thanks to everyone for the kind words and for giving this history the attention it deserves.

    After a bit of research I have been able to confirm the tag was manufactured by Charleston silversmith William M. Rouse. He apprenticed until 1834 as a silversmith under John Ewan and subsequently went into business for himself. In 1836 he was awarded the city contract for manufacturing tags. Rouse's tags are unique in that he used a series of small dots around the stamped occupations on his badges from the 1830s. He continued making badges until 1840, size though growing increasingly smaller due to the increased cost of materials or diminishing profit margins. In 1837 he manufactured 3722 tags for a total contract of $8,141. Unfortunately the trail goes cold regarding the poor soul who wore the tag. All records were lost after the Civil War-

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	P2190179.JPG 
Views:	431 
Size:	712.2 KB 
ID:	1274698
    Last edited by VMI Digger; Feb 19, 2016 at 11:22 PM. Reason: Research Update
    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckles
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button

  2. #2
    Charter Member
    us
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD, 1280X Aquanaut, & Fisher F2 (loaner) Have had a TC 1023, Fisher F4, Whites Classic ID II, BH LRP, Tesoro Lobo, F70, F75 SE, & XP Deus.
    10,747
    15152 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Wow, those slave tags are rare VMI, awesome score. My banner vote is in.
    VMI Digger likes this.
    Rescuing Coins 1 Beep at a time

  3. #3

    Jan 2016
    SC
    Minelab Safari
    776
    1211 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Glad you caught that Grey Tail home yesterday! Congrats man! Oh yeah Banner En Route!
    Last edited by Stef45; Feb 17, 2016 at 10:04 PM.
    Loco-Digger likes this.

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    us
    art

    Dec 2015
    Maryland's eastern shore
    whites MXTPro whites MXSport
    16,045
    12661 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Congrats on the Super finds
    Growing old is not for sissies I thought it would take longer to get old.

  5. #5
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
    CTX-3030, Deus XP, Garrett Pro Pointer
    2,878
    3650 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    Wow, those slave tags are rare VMI, awesome score. My banner vote is in.
    Thanks Loco, hard to believe the Regimental Pewter was only a few feet from the tag. Just have to get the coil over the target
    Loco-Digger likes this.
    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckles
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button

  6. #6
    Great Digs brother. Banner all the way.Man I wish I had a place to hunt like that. What did you call this location?

  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
    CTX-3030, Deus XP, Garrett Pro Pointer
    2,878
    3650 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Quote Originally Posted by tylerbdad View Post
    Great Digs brother. Banner all the way.Man I wish I had a place to hunt like that. What did you call this location?
    Thanks bud, keep hitting it- there's bound to be a few more surprises in that dirt.
    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckles
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button

  8. #8

    Apr 2008
    Central Illinois
    Fisher CZ-3D
    1,116
    570 times
    Congrats. Nice variety of finds, especially the slave tag. My BANNER vote is in, this is something not dug often.

  9. #9
    us
    Nov 2005
    North Central Tennessee
    MXT
    891
    88 times
    Awesome find! Banner vote in.

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
    CTX-3030, Deus XP, Garrett Pro Pointer
    2,878
    3650 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Quote Originally Posted by ramjet2187 View Post
    Awesome find! Banner vote in.
    Thanks for the comments Mike and ram- this has been on my bucket list for a long time.
    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckles
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button

  11. #11
    us
    Mar 2009
    UpCountry, SC
    Teknetics T2, Fisher Goldbug, Whites 5900/ di Pro sl
    302
    475 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)
    That site has been good to all of you! Great stuff and really like the 67th.
    VMI Digger and DirtStalker like this.

  12. #12
    An epic hunt for sure Jon. Its amazing that as much as the site has been hunted that the slave tag hadn't already been found.
    Loco-Digger and Steve in PA like this.
    MY BOOK HAS JUST SOLD OUT OF ALL 1200 COPIES IN LESS THAN 4 MONTHS. NO 2ND PRINTING IS ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME. THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that my new book is doing great and is well on its way to being sold out with almost 1000 copies selling in only 3 months, and it's unlikely the remaining inventory will last more than a few weeks. There will definitely not be a 2nd printing,
    so if you have any interest in obtaining a signed copy I would strongly recommend not delaying. For a detailed description of its contents plus some sample page views you can click on the link below. Many thanks to all those who purchased a copy and helped make this project a success.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-BOOK-DI...S/222757030758

    You can also check out the following 15 min video book review posted by Beau Ouimette (Aquachigger) which will provide a much more detailed look at the book:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX28g69xTM0&t=2s

  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2014
    Lowcountry, South Carolina
    CTX-3030, Deus XP, Garrett Pro Pointer
    2,878
    3650 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (3)
    Quote Originally Posted by Palmetto View Post
    That site has been good to all of you! Great stuff and really like the 67th.
    Thanks Palmetto, like I mentioned in previous posts, my passion is early military buttons. Wish there was a bit more on the role the 67th played in Charleston during the war. The research should keep me busy for some time
    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckles
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button

  14. #14
    ca
    Oct 2009
    East Dirtyville
    3,008
    2256 times
    Banner Finds (2)
    Nice looking tag!
    A real winner!
    Nice to see the button too, takes you back to some early times!
    ...if you think I'm a pain in the neck, it's lower, lower,little bit lower, too low, higher, there ya go.....

  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2015
    Low Country
    69
    108 times
    Metal Detecting
    Amazing saves from the patch! It was nice to hunt with you VMI, so glad to see that history saved. Banner all the way!!!
    VMI Digger likes this.

 

 
Page 1 of 14 12311 ... LastLast

Remove Ads

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 94
    Last Post: Feb 28, 2016, 02:08 PM
  2. 3rd 1837 dime!
    By slowwevo in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: Mar 07, 2015, 06:59 PM
  3. Pewter George II and Pewter Acorn button 1838 Halfdime
    By steelheadwill in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: May 26, 2012, 10:00 AM
  4. Pewter, tombac, and an 1837 Hard Times Token
    By Sniffy in forum Today's Finds!
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: Mar 27, 2010, 09:27 AM
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: Jan 25, 2008, 03:17 PM
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0